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See Dramatic Photos of Hurricane Ian’s Extensive Damage across Florida

Floridians woke up on Thursday morning after devastating scenes Hurricane IanOne of the most powerful hurricanes ever hit the US, causing widespread destruction along the state’s west coast.

The storm, which made landfall on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, inundated many buildings and roads, broke roofs, trapped people in their homes and left millions of residents out of power. Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday, but forecasters warned that the risk of “catastrophic” flooding would continue as Ian moved eastward. It was expected to move to the Carolinas later this week.

Officials were still assessing the situation in Florida, but the following photos offer a glimpse of the damage.

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One of the hardest-hit cities was Fort Myers, just north of Ian’s Landfall. The photos show several boats damaged by the storm as well as submerged roads and buildings.

A man takes photographs of boats damaged by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida on September 29, 2022.

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A flooded road is seen in downtown Fort Myers as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida on September 28, 2022.

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Steady Scuderi looks at his apartment after being submerged in floodwaters as Hurricane Ian passed through the area in Fort Myers, Florida on September 29, 2022.

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Damaged boats are seen in the city after the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida, on September 29, 2022.

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Punta Gorda, a small town and county seat in Charlotte County, was woken Thursday by heavy flooding, collapsed buildings and debris and fallen trees on its streets.

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A fallen road sign and fallen trees are seen near a flooded river after a hurricane in the Punta Gorda district of Florida, United States, on September 29, 2022.

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A collapsed building near a flooded river after a hurricane in the Punta Gorda district of Florida, United States on September 29, 2022.

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In this aerial view, damaged homes are seen after Hurricane Ian passed through Florida’s Gulf Coast on September 29, 2022, in Punta Gorda, Florida.

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A man walks through debris on a road after Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Punta Gorda, Florida.

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Bartow, the county seat of Polk County, suffered strong winds and heavy rain that toppled trees, power lines and signs of businesses.

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A worker repairs power lines during a power cut after Hurricane Ian passed through this area on September 29, 2022 in Barto, Florida.

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A business sign stands on a road after being hit by winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Barto, Florida.

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Sanibel’s Causeway

The storm also destroyed a large part of Sanibel’s Causewaywhich connects Sanibel Island to the Florida mainland, cutting off access to the barrier island where about 6,400 people normally live.

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A section of the damaged Sanibel Causeway is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, September 29, 2022, near Sanibel Island, Fla.

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At least three sections of the Sanibel Causeway were washed away by a hurricane wave from Hurricane Ian.

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Flood rain from Tropical Storm Ian devastated central Florida on Thursday. In Orlando, first responders helped evacuate a nursing home when floodwaters rose.

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A car abandoned in a road flooded by heavy rain from Hurricane Ian is seen in Orlando, Florida, on September 29, 2022.

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A road sign stands on a road filled with heavy rain from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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